Orange County's landfills currently have a combined capacity to produce approximately 46 Megawatts of electricity. Broadrock Renewables Inc.'s recent expansion project is an important part of the entire portfolio. Not only did the Olinda plant add 32.5 Megawatts of power to the portfolio, it did so with very little environmental impact. Here are some quick facts about the power plant:
Broadrock Renewables Power Plant Quick Facts
Olinda Landfill has been accepting waste since 1960. The decomposing waste in the landfill is a valuable resource, producing over 8,300 cubic feet of landfill gas per minute.
Since 1981, Brea Parties has been producing 5.6 Megawatts of electricity at Olinda with our landfill gas. That’s enough to power over 3,300 homes.
The new gas-to-energy facility produces 32.5 megawatts of power. The combined power plants produce enough power for almost 20,000 homes.
Orange County landfills’ combined 51.8 megawatts power more than 30,500 homes!
Broadrock Renewables/Brea Parties has operated a 5.6 megawatt landfill-gas-to-energy generating plant at Olinda Alpha Landfill since 1994. Electricity from the Olinda plant is purchased by Anaheim Public Utilities.
A $10 million stimulus grant from the United States Department of Energy under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act recognized the facility’s use of industrial energy efficiency technologies that reduce carbon pollution across the country.
The Broadrock gas-to-energy facility earned the Project of the Year award from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Landfill Methane Outreach Program.